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Like many seeming overnight sensations who have a substantial body of work behind them,  tap dance darling Michelle Dorrance earned her way to the many accolades she has received and is still receiving including the 2015 MacArthur Genius Grant Fellowship. The Fellowship rocketed the North Carolina-native and her company Dorrance Dance to international prominence. Prior…

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Self-doubt and the fear of failure are the uncomfortable partners in the creative process of many dance choreographers. Choreographic icon Paul Taylor described feeling mild terror when starting a new dance work because of self-doubt. Another plagued by it is 2015 Emmy Award-winner (and six-time Emmy Award-nominee) Travis Wall of TV’s "So You Think You Can Dance" fame. …

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Halloween may be over but Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet kept its blood-curdling spirit alive Thursday night at UB’s Center for the Arts with their critically-acclaimed ballet production of Dracula (1998) as part of the Center’s M&T Bank Dance Series. Murder, mayhem, love and lust mixed with a modicum of levity, made for a tantalizingly frightening and enterta…

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When Anthony Bannon, executive director at Burchfield Penney Art Center, was looking to expand the dance programming at the museum, he didn’t have to look far to find the right person to help him make that happen. Bannon tapped Jon Lehrer, artistic director of Buffalo’s Lehrer Dance to curate local dance artist performances at the museum. For his third such effort, Leh…

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In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Lehrer Dance’s performance Saturday night at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts Mainstage Theatre felt like the release of a decade’s worth of pent-up dance energy. It exploded in waves of choreographic creativity and skillful dancing. The jam-packed program of vibrant, often relentlessly athletic dance, all choreograp…

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In celebration of its 10th anniversary season, Lehrer Dance, Buffalo’s globetrotting professional dance company, returns to  the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts Mainstage Theater on Oct. 1 to open the center’s 2016-17 M&T Bank Dance Series. Led by former Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago star and UB grad Jon Lehrer, the company has evolved from a barely known…

Proof of the adage “Good things come to those who wait,” Thursday night’s long-awaited performance by Richmond Ballet and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in “The Rite of Spring” at UB Center for the Arts’ Mainstage Theatre had everything: excitement, drama, pathos, thrilling music and exceptional dancing. The production, postponed due to 2014’s “snow-poc…

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Postponed by Buffalo’s November storm of 2014, “The Rite of Spring” will finally take the stage at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts’ Mainstage Theatre on April 21. A collaboration between the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Richmond Ballet, the concert was initially organized as a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Center for the Arts. The…

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Postponed by Buffalo’s November storm of 2014, “The Rite of Spring” will finally take the stage at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts’ Mainstage Theatre on April 21. A collaboration between the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Richmond Ballet, the concert was initially organized as a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Center for the Arts. The…

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It will be a homecoming for Batavia natives Joseph Cotler and Robert Tyler when Koresh Dance Company makes its debut at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts’ Mainstage Theatre on April 15. Cotler and Tyler, both former students of Cotler’s mother Robin’s studio, Images in Dance, are now members of Philadelphia’s Koresh Dance Company. Also on hand will be…

The story of Chinese immigrants who came to the American South in the 18th and early 19th centuries is one of hardship, discrimination and segregation. Their plight serves as the inspiration for New York City-based HT Chen and Dancers latest work, “South of Gold Mountain.” Excerpts of it, along with other repertory pieces, will be performed by the company Saturday at …

San Francisco Ballet founder and artistic director Willam Christensen, credited with the first complete performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet in the United States on Christmas Eve 1944, couldn’t have foreseen the love affair American audiences would have with the ballet in the decades since – making it one of this country’s most cherished holiday traditions. Now…

San Francisco Ballet founder and artistic director Willam Christensen, credited with the first complete performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet in the United States on Christmas Eve 1944, couldn’t have foreseen the love affair American audiences would have with the ballet in the decades since – making it one of this country’s most cherished holiday traditions. Now…

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Neglia Ballet Artists opened its 15th anniversary season Saturday afternoon in Shea’s Performing Arts Center with the often-performed Halloween favorite, “Baba Yaga.” The kid-friendly ballet – based on a Russian folktale and adapted for the stage by Neglia Ballet artistic director/choreographer Sergio Neglia – delighted the audience, many…

For the third year running, Buffalo’s LehrerDance opened the M&T Bank Dance Series in University at Buffalo Center for the Arts. The internationally touring professional dance company presented six works by artistic director/choreographer Jon Lehrer, including two world premieres Saturday night on the Mainstage Theatre. The vibrant program opened with “Fused by 8…